Cars

The suave understated elegance of the Aston Martin DB5 as 
shown in it’s James Bond film debut,
a marked contrast to the functional styling of the Morris Minor 
Traveller with wooden struts and painted in teal blue,
the beautiful design of Jaguar’s E Type is based on a model that  
won the Le Man’s endurance race,
 in scarlet red with silver spoke wheels, the large engine meant 
that the other cars were gradually outpaced.

The British Aerial Nomad all-terrain buggy, fun, speed and power 
encased in a bright orange roll cage,
the versatility and resilience of the internationally renowned Land  
 Rover Defender, the design unchanged despite it’s age,
the excitement of the World Rally Championships where fast 
reactions and excellent map reading’s a must,
the skill of driving on dirt tracks around Kielder Forest, a slide 
around a sharp corner leaving a cloud of dust.

Lined up on the starting grid waiting for the five red lights to  
extinguish, the excitement and glamour of Formula One,
 the buildings of the Abu Dhabi’s marina course are transformed by 
purple and blue lights when the desert sun goes down,
in the early days of motor racing, open topped cars challenged each 
other on the steep curves of Brookland’s race track,
a rocket shaped Napier Hamilton in the lead, closely followed by
 an Aston Martin and a Bugatti at the back.

The Ford Mustang, a distinctive American classic with a galloping 
horse logo and the bonnet’s bold white stripes,
a popular film star’s car in the ’60’s for it’s contemporary styling 
and the V8 engine’s noise from it’s exhaust pipe,
whenever I hear the powerful bass note of a sports car or see a 
pristine restored car of yesteryear,
this reminds me of your love of old and new cars, racing and everyday
and brings you ever closer, brings you ever near. 

Beloved Father Justin Farthing 1929 – 2017
© Poppyland Poet


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